Rhyne Howard led the Atlanta Dream past the Indiana Fever, 85-79, behind her 33 points performance. Howard now joins an exclusive list of six players in League history who have scored at least 30 points in their first four games.Howard erupted for 17 points in the first-quarter of action to start her historic evening, the most a rookie has ever scored in the first quarter in WNBA history. She shot 9-18 from the floor and knocked down three triples from downtown.
Howard has 83 points through her first four games, averaging a whopping 20.8 points per game for the Dream.
In a matchup where we saw the first two picks of the 2022 WNBA draft go head-to-head with Howard and NaLyssa Smith, who left the game with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Before tip-off, Howard told reporters how proud she was of Smith and all her success.
“I applaud her for everything she’s done,” Howard said of Smith before the game. “I’m very proud of her. Just to see her out here excelling in her dream is just great, and I love that for her. But going against her, it’s all business on the court, but afterwards, it’s all love.”
The Dream will be back at Gainbridge Fieldhouse to the Fever on Tuesday at 7 pm.